Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Festival Fun for Toddlers; Countless Festivals Now Bill Themselves as Child-Friendly but Are They Really? HANNAH DAVIES Took Her Two-Year-Old to Kendal Calling in the Lake District to Find Out

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Festival Fun for Toddlers; Countless Festivals Now Bill Themselves as Child-Friendly but Are They Really? HANNAH DAVIES Took Her Two-Year-Old to Kendal Calling in the Lake District to Find Out

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Byline: HANNAH DAVIES

PICTURE the scene. It's a beautiful summer's day in the Lake District.

A jazz-funk band are playing backstage at a festival as people chill out with an afternoon drink.

Jealous? I would have been. Apart from the fact that I was 30ft away with a toddler screaming his head off because I wouldn't allow him to hijack a black bus filled with cool 20-something music business bods.

Thirty minutes earlier we spent a good while scrutinising the forklift trucks shifting bottles of water and cans of lager around the site.

It's safe to say taking a toddler, in this case my son Otis, to a music festival alters the experience for you.

Previous music festivals I have spent in a pleasant fog of relaxation, beer, friends and enjoying bands - that is when I wasn't crowd surfing to the rowdier options.

But my previous experiences definitely weren't family-friendly. Reading Festival (there was no Leeds Festival then) was filled with drunk teenagers slam-dancing, I remember watching a friend getting an eyebrow piercing. You wouldn't really put it in the family-friendly category.

Still, I have been assured since then that festivals have changed to be all-encompassing events and I was determined to see if this was true.

After a friend pulled out of going to the ultra-family-friendly Deershed Festival in North Yorkshire, I decided on also family-friendly Kendal Calling, just south of Penrith in Lowther Deer Park in the Lake District.

This was a strategic move. My parents have a house in Keswick and were within a 20-minute drive should the worst happen. Which, amazingly, it didn't. Otis loved going to the festival. I knew it was going to work straight away.

Nowhere else had he been the focus of so many adoring slightly-drunk teenagers and 20-somethings (turns out the festival crowd is not that much changed). …

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